Last updated on Oct 15th, 2020 at 05:10 pm

Whip up this vegetarian or vegan recipe for mushroom and bean burgers – perfect for brunch or lunch

15ml odourless coconut oil or avocado oil
1 small red onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic crushed
250g white button mushrooms, finely diced
5ml miso paste
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
45g fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper
2ml cayenne pepper
60g Parmesan cheese*, finely grated (or vegan cheese)
1 cup –1 ½ cups mashed potato, cooked and mashed
1 cup panko crumbs or rye bread crumbs
2 eggs odourless
coconut oil or avocado oil, for shallow frying

To serve:
steamed spinach
lemon zest
roasted vine tomatoes in balsamic vinegar
avocado wedges, grilled
red tomato-based chutney
a few rocket leaves

How to
Heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the onion and garlic for 5 minutes.

Place the mushrooms in a food processor and blitz until fine. Add the mushrooms to the onions and fry for 3 minutes.

Mash the beans with a fork or blitz in a food processor. Transfer the mushroom mixture to a mixing bowl and stir in the miso paste, mashed beans, parsley, salt and pepper, cayenne pepper, Parmesan cheese, mashed potatoes, bread crumbs and eggs.

Mix well together and shape the mixture into patties and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.

Heat some coconut oil or avocado oil in a shallow pan and pan-fry the patties for 3-4 minutes per side.

Alternatively, arrange the patties on a greased baking sheet and bake at 180°C for 15 –20 minutes.

Serve for breakfast or brunch with wilted spinach, balsamic roasted vine tomatoes, avocado wedges, chutney and a few rocket leaves if desired.


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Recipe provided courtesy of SAMFA – the South African Mushroom Farmer’s Association. Established in 1984, SAMFA aims to promote the South African mushroom industry and increase the consumption of fresh cultivated mushrooms.